To Jesus Through Notre Dame

In this letter,Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, invites his diocese to make the total consecration to Jesus through Mary using 33 Days to Morning Glory, calling it "a beautiful, accessible, and enriching way to journey into a deeper relationship with God."

May, 2014

Dear Friends in Christ,

I cordially invite you to the Festival of Faith sponsored by our Knights of Columbus on Aug. 15-16 this year. It is a wonderful opportunity for the people of our diocese to gather for fellowship and fun.

This year, the Festival of Faith begins on the feast of Our Lady's Assumption. I will be celebrating Mass on Friday, Aug. 15th, at 6 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne. All are invited to participate. At the end of Mass, I will be leading all who have done the 33 Days of preparation in the Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Then we will have a large Marian procession to Headwaters Park.

I am inviting all the faithful of the diocese to consider making this Marian consecration, using the prayers and meditations in the book 33 Days to Morning Glory, by Father Michael Gaitley, MIC. This preparation of 33 days is a beautiful, accessible, and enriching way to journey into a deeper relationship with God. During the 33 days, we are guided by great and holy models of the Christian life: St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and St. John Paul II. After completing the 33 Days of prayers and meditation, we are prepared for the actual consecration, that can be done with me in the Cathedral or in your parishes or alone.

Mary wants us to be saints. She wants to draw us ever closer to her Son. As our mother, she helps us on our journey of faith and nurtures us so that we open our lives and hearts to her Son. I hope you will consider making this Marian consecration. I pray it will bring many graces to our lives and to the life of our diocese.

May God bless you and the Blessed Mother intercede for you!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades
Bishop of Fort Wayne


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